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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
James Macpherson
  They fall away like the flower on which the sun looks in his strength, after the mildew has passed over it, and its head is heavy with the drops of night.  1
  Calm as the breast of the lake when the loud wind is laid.  2
  Dark as the swelling wave of ocean before the rising winds, when it bends its head near the coast.  3
  We decay like grass of the hill; our strength returns no more.  4
  His fame is departed like mist, when it flies, before the rustling wind, along the brightening vale.  5
  His eyes like meteors of night.  6
  They fall away, like the flower on which the sun hath looked in his strength.  7
  He falls like an oak on the plain; like a rock from the shaggy hill.  8
  Fearless as the strong-winged eagle.  9
  He fell, like the bank of a mountain-stream.  10
  Fixed as Lochlin’s thousand rocks.  11
  Fled like the mist of Cona.  12
  The music of Carryl was like the memory of joys that are past, pleasant and mournful to the soul.  13
  They pass like a shade away.  14
  Pleasant as the shower which falls on the sunny field.  15
  Pleasant as the thunder of heaven, before the showers of spring.  16
  Retired … like the moon in the west, when she foresees the shower and hides her fair head in a cloud.  17
  Gloomily retired; like clouds that long having threatened rain, vanish behind the hills.  18
  Rustling like a flock of sea-fowl.  19
  Rustling like a summer rain.  20
  Sad, like the sun in the day of mist, when his face is watery and dim.  21
  Smooth as the gliding stream.  22
  Sparkle like the sea round the boat at night.  23
  Strong as a storm.  24
  Terrible as a meteor of fire.  25
  Thoughtful and dark, like the sun when he carries a cloud on his face.  26
  Vanish … like the mist of the lake.  27
  White as the foam of streams.  28

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